In December 2020, a number of individuals and teams competed in the 2020 Beyond Virtual Run raising a total of $17,322. 

Although each contribution to our fundraiser is equally valued, there are some from a few different quarters that clearly highlight the positive impact our program is having:

– When recent graduates, still barely out of school, turn around and donate their hard-earned money and time to the program they participated in as students, so that it may be available to more students – it speaks volumes.

– When teachers – who have given up hours of their own time, after school, and on weekends, to implement the program in their school – contribute to our fundraiser so that they can continue to give up many more hours of their own time to implement the program in future – it speaks volumes.

– When teachers from a school who have been in discussions with us about coming on board in 2021 – knowing the time commitment involved – enthusiastically get a team together so we can raise funds to allow them to give up their time to implement the program – it speaks volumes.

The funds raised will allow us to implement Run Beyond in a number of new schools and organisations, empowering students with a diverse range of needs. 

Killarney Heights High School joining Run Beyond in 2021 as a support school

KHHS is motivated to participate in the Run Beyond Project to not only learn the lessons of community, resilience and goal setting but to raise money and awareness for the good cause. KHHS also wants to create an environment of empowerment where each student is surrounded by suport and students are also surrounded by a range of other students they wouldn’t normally hang out with however also gaining support and feeling included. – Ms Hozack, Run Beyond Teacher – Killarney Heights High School

Take a bow!

As we prepare for a big year in 2021, we’d like to say a big congrats to some superstars from 2020.

Despite the challenges of 2020, Run Beyond helped 56 students to graduate from ten schools – 7 of whom were new to the Project! Congratulations to all the amazing students and teachers who participated and overcame many additional barriers!

A special mention goes to the three regional schools (Nambucca Heads, Lightning Ridge, and Gulgong) at which the teachers essentially became Race Directors, with the organisation of their own internal goal-races, to ensure their cohorts completed the program with a suitable finale! Take a bow! 

 Some of our 2020 Lightning Ridge crew begin their Goal Race.

Stay tuned for accounts of more success stories throughout 2021 and beyond!

 

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David Criniti

David Criniti

Founder and Director - The Run Beyond Project

David Crinti is a high school ESL teacher at Chester Hill High School and has had previous experience working at their Intensive English Centre and as part of the Refugee Transition Program which focuses on the effective
transitioning of refugee students into the high school environment.

 David is a long standing member of the running having been involved with clubs such as the Sydney Striders, Sydney Marathon Clinic and The Australian Ultra Runners’ Association over the past 20 years. He is an experienced runner, having performed at an elite level over the past decade, with several marathon wins under his belt. Recently, David ran a Commonwealth Games qualifying time and personal best of 2:17:57 at the 2017 Berlin Marathon. He has a community coaching qualification and mentors a number of athletes.